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Member Name: juicy_lucy
Cocomos Restaurant (Newcastle upon Tyne)
Date: 04/08/06, updated on 03/06/07 (3956 review reads)
Advantages: Good value pizza and pasta in city centre
Disadvantages: no vegetarian menu
It is situated at the bottom of Dean Street, right in the centre of Newcastle, and near the quayside, so because of its prominant position, will obviously get a lot of passing trade. It's actually hard to miss having huge glass windows and a big red neon sign...probably this which appealed to little one.
Outside the restaurant, on the pavement (pedestrian only area) there are tables and chairs for outside eating, and also for people who may only want a coffee and watch the world go by.
Inside, the restaurant is quite different to what you would expect from the ouside. I was expecting all flashing neon lights and a fairly basic set up but the restaurant, whiclt big, does give quite a feeling of intimacy. There are tables and chairs by the window (where we sat) But once you get right into the restaurant, it is actually divided into sections, and the back area is a bit space crafty with a large wooden divide and low ceilings.
The bar area is the only area at which you can smoke- good news for people who want to eat without a smoky atmosphere, and whilst this is in the centre of the restaurant, there is no all encompassing "fog" of smoke. This area has low tables and chairs beside the window and the actual bar itself is large although i didn't notice any but the most basic of drinks; I somehow don't think obscure drinks would be their forte!
At each end of the room there is a large screen showing relaxing sunset and beach scenes which had Little miss fascinated.
We were handed 3 menus...
*The Magnificent seven which is available Sunday to Friday 12pm-6.30pm and saturday 12pm till 4pm. This has 7 pizzas and pastas which cost only £3.95- great value for the centre of Newcastle.
*Children's menu which costs £5.95, and included a pizza on which children could select their 3 toppings, chicken escalopes and pasta. The children's pizza is smaller than the full size pizza and I suppose the bit children like is the choosing of toppings.
*The main menu; very big menuincluding hot and cold starters starting at £3.50 for potato skins, and going up to £5.95 for the king prawns. There are also arange of salads from £3.95 for a green salad- (a tad pricey for some lettuce) and going up to £4.95 for a chicken salad.
There are 16 pizzas to choose from and if not eating during the happy hours, these will set you back from £5.95. having seen the size of the pizzas (huge) this isn't bad value, because whilst himself managed to eat all the pizza he didn't manage the chips he had ordered in case of hunger pangs!
There is a good selection of pasta dishes , and these again come in a really good sized portion. I had the penne amatriciana and unlike some places, there was plenty of bacon in the sauce, and the pasta wasn't at all soggy...perfectly al dente.
Also available are chicken dishes, all priced at £9.50, meat dishes from £13.95, veal duck and lamb dishes and fish dishes.
There are side dishes availabel, and if ordering a meat dish, it's worth remembering to order a side dish because I asked the waitress, and they actually come served without any accompaniments. I for one would be disappointed had I assumed that there would be some vegetables or potatoes, and got none. the side dishes cost from £1.50 for French fries and there is a good selection of vegetables and potatoes although for the price of the meat dishes I do think they should be less stingy and add some vegetables.
Whilst we aren't vegetarian, i did notice a distinct lack of vegetarian dishes on the menu. In fact, i think if you're vegetarian, then you would have to have a pizza or pasta dish or a salad. Given that most places do offer a vegetarian option, I do think this is something the restaurant should remedy.
OTHER BITS OF INFORMATION
The staff were very helpful and polite, and appear to welcome children. We certainly didn't feel that we shouldn't have a 5 year old in the restaurant.
The toilets are pretty basic but clean, and are situated right at the far end of the restaurant. the sign for the toilets is the only neon sign inside the place ( I knew there had to be one)
The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed and although we were there on a lunchtime,there was still a buzz in the place, and there was a range of different ages and people in there- from families to people obviously on a business lunch. The music was all kind of old dean Martin/Frank Sinatra stuff and playing at exactly the right level so you could sing along but still hear your companions speak.
WHAT I THOUGHT
We had the pizza and pasta from the magnificent seven menu, which were excellent value, and Little Miss enjoyed choosing her toppingsfor her pizza and had a good go at wolfing the whole lot down. The pizzas had nice crispy bases and plenty of topping and the pasta dish was served with lots of sauce. All dishes came to us piping hot and there was no feeling that the food had been sitting round waiting to be served. Good food and lots of it.
Service was good, and staff helpful but not constantly "there". Prices are very reasonable. We all ate and drank (including ice creams) for under £20 so absolutely no complaints there.
the only grumbles I would have is the non inclusion of extras for the meat dishes and the absence of vegetarian dishes. A few of my friends are vegetarian so this place would be a defintie no.
the one other thing I would point out is that wheel chair access is probably limited as there are 6 or 7 stairs to get into the main part of the restaurant, so this is something they should maybe address. the problem isn't so bad with pushchairs as they are easier to carry up and down stairs (as I remember)
All in all a good restaurant which I would recommend for a good value, tasty pizza or pasta in the centre of Newcastle.
thanks for reading
Summary: Good service and value but watch out for the steps!
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